By Linda Kwanjana
Malawi leader President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Friday addressed the Saudi-Africa summit and hailed the bilateral relationship existing between the people and Government of Malawi and Saudi Arabia.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is therefore a strategic partner for Africa in pursuit of the African Union’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, whose seven aspirations include the desire for a peaceful and secure Africa that practices peace within its region and promotes peace everywhere,” he said.
Chakwera said this Summit is a rare opportunity for Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build an alliance for peace on the bedrock of the history, heritage, and hopes they share.
President Chakwera said peace is the only context in which global development and prosperity thrive.
He said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already laid a strong foundation for such an alliance, for it already has embassies in over 30 nations in Africa.
“In the case of Malawi, diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia have existed since 1999, growing from strength to strength and bearing much fruit,” he said.